punctata Holloway stat. & comb. n.
Epiplema wilemani punctata Holloway,
Diagnosis. The general appearance is similar to that of nigrifrons, but the
forewing marginal dark marking is punctate rather than entire. The postmedial is
often broadly edged blackish at the dorsum, as is that of the hindwing. The male
antennae are less strongly bipectinate. The male genitalia are similar to those
of nigrifrons, but the valves are narrower and the aedeagus is broader,
though with only six or seven small cornuti in a loose group in the vesica.
Taxonomic notes. The facies is similar to that of D. wilemani West (Philippines,
Sulawesi) comb. n., particularly in the strong blackish brown bar at the dorsum
on the hindwing postmedial, but the genitalia of wilemani lack the fans
of paddle-like scales on the valves, and the male antennae are serrate,
lamellate, rather than bipectinate. The taxa are therefore not conspecific.
Geographical range. Borneo.
Habitat preference. The species is common on G. Kinabalu over a range of
1500- 1930m, with a few specimens taken at 2110m and 2600m.
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